dunkirk (christopher nolan, 2017)

music friday: 1973

Stevie Wonder, "Living for the City". The single version was dark enough; the album version takes the hero to New York ("New York, just like I pictured it, skyscrapers and everything!"), where he almost instantly gets thrown in prison.

Iggy and The Stooges, "Search and Destroy". Originally mixed by Bowie ... Iggy did a remix that purposely sounded even more distorted. The YouTube link is to the Iggy version.

Ann Peebles, "I Can't Stand the Rain". Peebles working the Hi Records sound.

Pink Floyd, "Us and Them". Antonioni said it was too sad.

Bob Marley and The Wailers, "Get Up, Stand Up". Marley and Peter Tosh wrote it. The Wailers recorded it ... Marley and the Wailers recorded it ... Tosh recorded it ... Bunny Wailer recorded it.

Gladys Knight and The Pips, "Midnight Train to Georgia". Songwriter Jim Weatherly says this song was inspired by Farrah Fawcett.

Aerosmith, "Dream On". Rolling Stone writer in 1976, regarding Steven Tyler: "He's the mutant bastard offspring of Jagger and Iggy Stooge." Aerosmith manager's reply: "Only he's better than both of them."

Roberta Flack, "Killing Me Softly with His Song". Since I'm quoting old rock critics, here's Christgau's complete review of Flack's Killing Me Softly album: "Q: Why is Roberta Flack like Jesse Colin Young? A: Because she always makes you wonder whether she's going to fall asleep before you do. C"

Paul McCartney and Wings, "Band on the Run". Paul remains the only Beatle I've seen live. The video is from the same tour we saw him on.

The Rolling Stones, "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)". Goats Head Soup was the end of the great Stones run, but this song stands with those great ones. From Billy Preston's clavinet to the horns to the "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo" chorus, everything about the song embodies the catchiest pop music. The lyrics tell a different story, taking us back to Stevie Wonder's New York City:

The po-lice in New York City
They chased a boy right through the park
And in a case of mistaken identity
They put a bullet through his heart
Heartbreakers with your forty four
I want to tear your world apart
You heartbreaker with your forty four
I want to tear your world apart
A ten year old girl on a street corner
Sticking needles in her arm
She died in the dirt of an alleyway
Her mother said she had no chance, no chance!
Heartbreaker, heartbreaker
She stuck the pins right in her heart
Heartbreaker, pain maker
Stole the love right out of your heart
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Want to tear your world apart
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Want to tear your world apart